Open your closet and take a look around. Among the rest of your clothes, you'll likely find all of your current, awesome Houston Texans jerseys.
But if you dig a little deeper and look past the Battle Red Brian Cushing jersey, the Deep Blue Steel Foster and the Liberty White Watt, you'll find the real gems: the ones from the glorious olden days.
All of the Oilers jerseys lie in the back of the closet, bittersweet reminders of times long gone, of childhood and glory. Jerseys from the early Texans years can also be found if you wade through all of your more recent jerseys—I know you all have a huge collection of jerseys of every Houston player you have ever loved.
It's time to welcome back the warm—or cold—feeling of nostalgia. Let's look at some jerseys you likely proudly rocked during your childhood.
Houston Oilers: Earl Campbell
The best running back in the history of the Oilers, Earl Campbell could do it all. Whether he was running over defenders, making linebackers look foolish with startling agility or wowing audiences with his impeccable acting skills, Campbell did it like a Hall of Famer—which, you know, he is.
Honestly, what kid wouldn't want a Campbell jersey?
Nothing beats playing football with your pals and pretending to be Campbell, throwing in some nasty jukes and classic head-lowering.
Campbell is one of the great athletes in Houston history, and if you grew up during his time, you surely rocked his jersey.
Houston Oilers: Warren Moon
Sure, Bruce Matthews and Mike Munchak were incredible players, but quarterbacks get all the glory. And Warren Moon definitely deserved it.
An electrifying quarterback, Moon was the face of the Oilers for a decade. A future Hall of Famer and a nine-time Pro Bowler, Moon was one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the league.
His rocket arm allowed him to launch balls downfield with a sense of ease that Matt Schaub will never be able to achieve. And his ability to make plays outside the pocket was exciting and often brought crowds to their feet.
Although Moon could never get it done in the playoffs, his jersey was certainly one that you had to rep.
Houston Texans: David Carr
From the best quarterback in Houston history to the worst: David Carr was certainly no star. In fact, he's one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
So why in the world is he on this list?
As much as we Texans fans might not want to admit, we all loved Carr at one point. He was the quarterback of the new franchise, the player who would stick it to Bud Adams for moving the Oilers away. He was the No. 1 overall pick, and he would become the next great Houston athlete.
Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. Playing behind an offensive line that was less dependable than a Rosencopter, Carr never developed properly. As the many, many sacks took their toll, Carr eventually faded into obscurity.
Regardless, at one point in Texans history, Carr was considered the future. And in the early 2000s, you just had to own the jersey of the future of the Texans franchise.
Houston Texans: Andre Johnson
When you see the best, you want to become the best. Well, since the vast majority of you are likely not as physically gifted as Andre Johnson, you can at least represent the best—that is, by buying and wearing the best's jersey.
After being drafted in 2003, Johnson quickly cemented himself as the best player in franchise history. He was the very definition of the perfect receiver: explosive, dependable and agile. He could beat teams over the top or make catch after catch on short to medium-range routes.
In the Texans' early years, Johnson was one of the few superstars to grace the roster. His jersey was a must-have.
Houston Texans: Dunta Robinson
No, Dunta Robinson was never an elite player for the Texans. But do not underestimate the desire to be unique.
Why buy an Andre Johnson jersey when everyone else has an Andre Johnson jersey? This is the question thousands of Texans fans likely asked themselves. Isn't it better not to conform and be an individual?
And as far as anti-mainstream jersey's go, Robinson's was a great choice. For one, he was a flashy and exciting player. He also has a really cool name. Any fan who did not want to be like everyone else likely at one point considered purchasing a Robinson jersey.
You're favorite childhood jersey wasn't on the list?! Let us know which player you repped on game day when you were a kid!
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